Gauteng Government welcomes SANRAL Board decision
This decision represents a decisive shift and opens doors for an amicable and lasting solution regarding the e-tolls debacle.
According to Premier David Makhura, "I welcome the decision by Sanral on the suspension of summonses and default judgements against those who are not paying etolls. This decision is a result of a decisive intervention by our President and the strongest indication that President Ramaphosa is listening and attending to the concerns of the people of Gauteng on the etolls".
The ANC-led Provincial Government remains positive that President Cyril Ramaphosa will hasten the process to finalize this matter, since it has been a burden to motorists and has impacted negatively to the cost of making business in Gauteng, amidst our strained economy.
"Urban tolling system is not a viable option and it has never worked anywhere in the world. It is within this context that we stand firm with the residents of Gauteng, guided by our existing resolutions that e-tolls do not have a future in our golden province", explained Premier Makhura
The Gauteng Provincial Government will continue to work with National Government and other relevant stakeholders in exploring and finding alternative models of funding Highway Roads Infrastructure improvements without over-burdening citizens or taxpayers. This strategic thinking or approach is consistent with the governing party's Freedom Charter's injunction "All shall be free to travel without restriction from countryside to town, from province to province, and from South Africa abroad;".
The decision by Sanral practically means, with immediate effect, they will suspend the process of pursuing e-toll debt. This includes historic debt and summonses applied for from 2015. No new summonses will be applied for.
"As the Premier, I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that the voice and views of the people of Gauteng are heard by our national government. The struggle continues until we achieve our victory! The etolls have no future in Gauteng", concluded Premier Makhura
*Issued by Gauteng Provincial Government*
*Spokesperson to the Premier*
*Contact: 060 997 7790*